Want a quick and easy way to be rememberable after an interview? An easy way to do that is by sending a thank you note to the interviewer. This can show your appreciation for their time and help make a good first impression with the hiring team and reiterate your interest in the opportunity. This is an opportunity for you to emphasize parts of the interview as a reminder. These could be skills, giving more clarity on questions that were asked, or any points that you may want to mention since leaving the interview. This will help you stay at the forefront of the hiring manager’s mind.
These thank you notes can be sent through traditional paper mail or through email. Each has its own benefit. Sending it through the mail can feel more personal and will give the hiring manager a physical object to remember your interview. However, if you take this route, be sure to send it immediately after the interview to ensure it gets there in a timely matter. Emails should be sent within 24 hours of the interview and have the benefit of getting to the hiring manager before they make their decision. However, be sure to still try to keep the personal feeling to the emails and send them individually to each interviewer rather than sending the email as a group.
The amount of detail or length of the letter is up to you. It can be short and sweet or it can be a bit longer with specific details to go the extra mile. Thank the interviewer for their time and for giving more details on the opportunity and company. Then reference some specific points from the conversation and expand on your experience if necessary. Then reiterate your interest in the company and the role and expand a little on why you think this opportunity could be a good fit or what you are excited about in the opportunity.
As chemical recruiters, we will be the first to tell you that hiring managers are often very busy juggling their day-to-day tasks. Something so simple as taking a moment to send a thank you note can keep you in the hiring manager’s busy mind when the time comes to decide who should get the job offer.
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